The Ferrari 250 GTO was the final evolution of the company’s all conquering 250 GT series of cars, continuing the run of successes in races, rallies and hill climbs achieved by its predecessors, and even eclipsing them with a multitude of wins and podium finishes in national and international events worldwide. Today, the model is widely regarded as the ultimate expression of the classic Ferrari GT car, as it was the last model that one could easily drive to a race, compete in and drive home again. It has achieved iconic status among discerning Ferrari collectors, being the jewel in the collections of a fortunate few, as only thirty-six examples were built.
This 250 GTO was completed and delivered on September 9,1962 to Lucien at Garage Francorchamps in Belgium. It was immediately entered in the 1962 Tour de France race that was a grueling 9 day event that included 7 race circuits, 5 hill climbs and driving the car on public roads between events. After 8 days of racing across France and driven by Lucien Bianchi and Claude Dubois, this chassis was in first place and on their way to the last race at the Reims-Gueux circuit in northern France when a milk truck pulled out in front of the exhausted drivers. The damage was extensive enough that the front of the car needed to be cut from the front of the car, but the dependable Ferrari V-12 was still drivable. The drivers drove the car to the Reims circuit but were rejected from racing due to “safety” concerns and finished 7th overall behind a winning Ferrari 250 GT SWB driven.
This car went on to race in the Paris 1000 kms race and multiple hill climbs before being retired as a race car and used as a road car. It has always been owned by great caretakers who appreciated the car for the wonderful driving machine that it was and has stayed in excellent mechanical condition throughout its life. Former owners have participated in the GTO reunions that take place every 5 years and reunites most of the 36 original cars at an exclusive private location where these fantastic automobiles can be driven at speed with their historic relatives.
This 250 GTO was added recently to the collection of the current owner.
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